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Military Substance Abuse on the Rise

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A recent report by the Institute of Medicine will force the US military to recognize that substance abuse among its men and women is on the rise. Specifically, perscription drug abuse has increased from 2%-11% from 2005-2008, and one in four soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan last year admitted to binge drinking. Since 2001, prescription painkillers have become increasingly common; less than one million prescriptions were provided in 2001 and more than five million were provided last year. Binge drinking rates are highest among Marines (60%), and binge drinking rates are higher in the military than among the civilian population.

The Institute of Medicine’s report encouraged the Pentagon to revaluate access to alcohol on military bases, improve treatment programs, and make confidential counseling more readily available.

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